If you recently bought or own a QuickJack portable car lift, you signed up for years of fantastic service on your vehicle(s). This you know. Unwittingly, you also signed up for a lot of public attention. We would be remiss in sending you out in the world with a brand new car lift if we didn’t take the time to go over the trials and tribulations you will face alone in the wake of your purchase.
“Trials and tribulations? Isn’t that a bit harsh?”
If only… if only. Be advised that not everyone out there is ready for QuickJack, but we can make sure you’re ready for everyone’s questions. If you’re a QuickJack owner, read this article and take heart! You’ll finally get a full night’s sleep, knowing you’ll never again be at a loss for words when someone asks you number 5 on this list. (The nerve!) You’ll never find yourself standing alone in the grocery aisle, holding a carton of eggs you don’t even remember picking out, just because someone had the audacity to spit number 3 right in your face. (The horror!) We at QuickJack regret to say that the burden of answering these questions falls on you. If you ask not what your vehicle lift community can do for you, but what you can do to get people to stop staring, then we have all the help you’ll need to reclaim that chunk of your sanity.
1. If that’s a portable car lift, where’s the supporting crossbeam?
This is actually a great question that we at QuickJack get every day, but we understand how you, the private citizen, would get tired of hearing it. Here’s our official 5-second elevator speech on stability:
The electric-hydraulic motor works like any hydraulic two-post or four-post lift, equally pressurizing the frames with a steady stream of fluid so both frames rise evenly and at the same time. The lock bar on the side of each frame automatically locks the frame in place.
You can also make a $50.00 bet to random strangers passing on the street that they can’t push your car over once it’s lifted. That’s a free dinner and a movie for two. Just saying.
2. Aren’t you scared it’s going to fall over?
Kind of like #1, but this time putting your dignity at stake. Scared? SCARED? Tell them this:
QuickJack has the highest safety rating in its class. The CE certification mark is only given to car lifts that pass incredibly strict safety guidelines. There’s no record of a properly operated QuickJack failing, so unless I use it on a slope or brittle, unstable flooring, the car is locked up there until I release it. Now leave me, peasant: I grow bored with you.
For the full effect, make sure you really stick that ending.
3. Haven’t you ever heard of car jacks and jack stands?
This is kind of a ridiculous question to ask someone who is busy wrenching under a car, but some in the QuickJack community seem to hear it anyway. If you own a portable car lift, we have to believe you’re already familiar with car jacks, stands, lift points, lift capacities and probably most undercarriage and maintenance-related tasks under the sun. The best way to answer this question (without being sarcastic, which is frankly still on the table) is to ask yourself, “What made me abandon car jacks and stands for QuickJack?” You can take it from there.
4. Do you mind if I borrow it for the weekend? Come on. I’m good for it!
Honestly, you’re on your own here. Is this an equal trade partnership? Do they have something they can offer you in return, now or in the foreseeable future? Or are we talking about “that guy” who you should never, ever listen to no matter what he says. Everyone knows that guy. We tend to have mixed feelings about that guy. Would you trust that guy with a portable car lift? You’ll know best, so best of luck making the right decision. We wouldn’t want to be you.
5. How do you know that it’s high quality?
If they’ve never heard of Ranger Products and don’t know that we’re a division of BendPak, we understand the confusion. We’re not here to name names or point fingers, but there are a lot of lift manufacturers that make BIG claims about the quality of their product without offering proof. The CE mark is essential to proving the superior quality of our portable lift design, especially with regards to standard EN-1493. We don’t say this because we have it—we have it because it’s the standard that matters.
We could also point out our rugged 14-gauge stainless steel welded frames are heavier-duty than just about every portable car lift we’ve come across. Simply invite your questioner to touch the frames and gently toe-tap them. May even give ‘em a little kick. You can even invite them to lift and roll a collapsed frame by the end handle. Seeing QuickJack on TV or the Internet is one thing—actually getting your hands on ours is another story.
6. How can a remote control lift a car?
The person asking this question is ready to give in and admit the cold, hard truth: QuickJack is awesome. Sometimes people get stubborn and keep on objecting, even though they’ve made up their minds. An old sales saying goes, “An objection is an unanswered question in the mind of the buyer.” Your questioner is looking for you to sell them on QuickJack because they want to buy one! So do us a favor, will you? If you’re happy with your QuickJack you bought from us and the level of customer service we offer, put in the good word and tell them to reach out to us for more info.
You could also give them a brief lesson on the power of hydraulics and how they apply to car lifts, if you want. And if you’re a really generous soul, you’ll even let them press the Up button, and you’ll see if they aren’t impressed. We’re just not that generous with our button. No one touches our button.
7. Why didn’t you get a full-sized lift?
Car lifts are great investments, and we’re affiliated with the best car lifts in the business for anyone interested in going that route. The truth is that more people are working with car jacks and stands than car lifts for two reasons:
1) Two-post and four-post car lifts costs more than portable car lifts.
2) Full-sized lifts take up more space and are bulky and permanent.
Just one of those two reasons is enough to look for alternative options. Full-sized lifts cost at least several hundred dollars more than QuickJack (they are often twice as expensive or more), and that doesn’t include installation and delivery freight/unloading fees that many customers have to pay when having a full-sized lift delivered.
The fact is, most DIY hobbyists and shop owners have cars, light trucks and/or SUVs that weigh less than 7,000 lbs. QuickJack is sold in 3,500 / 5,000 / 7,000-lb. capacities, which makes it a perfectly serviceable lift for almost every car owner or body shop that’s out there. Just a reminder: never use any car lift to lift a vehicle that is too heavy for the unit. Know your limits!
Now that you know how to handle the 7 most dead-serious-important questions QuickJack owners are likely to receive, we want to hear your thoughts. How do you deal with nosy neighbors and curious passers-by? If you have a story, funny thing that happened to you or you’re just bored sometimes and feel like talking about cars, head over to our Facebook page and let’s talk shop: QuickJack on Facebook.
TL;DR: People who have never seen QuickJack but work on cars from home are often confused by our product. This portable car lift is so different than anything they’ve seen before, they don’t know what to make of it. Naturally, they ask a lot of questions. We put together a list of commonly asked questions all QuickJack owners will face at some point or another.